Margert is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that provides assistance to persons who want to rent, buy or already own a home, and who seek to be responsible renters, buyers and owners.
Types of Assistance: homeownership preparation-related group education programs in which educational materials, including HUD's Homebuyer Education and Learning Program (HELP) guide, are used in training sessions for multiple participants. Our educational programs also offer individual counseling to complement the group sessions. Our Certificate’s of Completion are recognized by federal, state, city and corporate purchase assistance grant programs.
The Homebuyer Education and Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) is designed to provide high quality homeownership education to consumers in all income ranges, but especially first time buyers. Prospective homebuyers can learn about the home buying process through classroom training with qualified instructors and avoid many of the common problems that trouble new homebuyers.
Margert's H.E.L.P. program curriculum requires the completion of eight hours of classroom instruction, consisting of five two-hour training modules, usually presented in two five-hour sessions.
Many New Yorkers want to buy a home but don't have enough money saved for their down payment and closing costs. As part of Mayor Bloomberg's "New Housing Marketplace Plan," the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) created the HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program. It provides qualified homebuyers with up to 6% of a home's purchase price toward the down payment or closing costs on a 1-4 family home, a condominium, or a cooperative in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
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